We all love to sit on our patios to eat, relax, chat – this area of our homes really lends itself to being used as an additional living space. The patio is truly a versatile part of our homes – an outdoor room, so to speak. Here we find a place that we can use to entertain and enjoy the company of family and friends. It is often a source of simple pleasure for those of us who live in cities and towns to be able to sit on our patios, under a vaulted sky festooned with twinkling stars, listening to the evening sounds of nature.
For many this is an all important place to unwind and relax after a day of dealing with the stresses of modern life. However, weather is, well unpredictable at best, and even in warm climates evenings especially can be chilly.
Which is unfortunate as often the time we are most inclined to want to use the patio area of our homes is in the evening. There is no doubt that it is hard to appreciate the beauty of the outdoor life while shivering. But the solution to this problem is simple – patio heaters – and, specifically, electric patio heaters.
When we think of patio heaters we tend to think of gas or propane powered units, sputtering in the dark and leaking mildly unpleasant fumes. We don’t often think of sleek, elegant, clean, emission free electric patio heaters. But that is all about to change.
Infra-red heaters – safe, efficient and versatile – have been used for sometime to heat large industrial or commercial areas so the technology being used in these units is very advanced. In recent times, more and more companies have begun to make electric patio heaters – usually infra-red – to answer the growing demand for outdoor heating.
Electric patio heaters are not only suitable for domestic use, they are also ideal for outdoor dining areas in hotels and restaurants as they come in so many different types and designs. Easily wall mountable, these heaters can be safely installed at quite low heights on walls and the lack of open flames or noxious fumes makes them safe and pleasant to use. In some cities electric patio heaters are the only outdoor heaters that are approved for use by the municipality.
Electric patio heaters are the ideal solution for all outdoor heating needs. The way they work is quite different to other electric heaters as they direct the heat much like the sun does, in fact the heat we feel from the sun is infrared heat. However, these heaters offer all the warming benefits of the sun without any of the side-effects of the harmful UV rays.
While care must always be taken with any electrical appliance, electric patio heaters are a safe, stable, economical and versatile form of outdoor heating. They are available in a wide variety of styles, both freestanding and wall-mountable and the addition of a simple electric patio heater may be the things that could transform the outdoor areas of your home into a warm, comfortable, inviting extension to your living space.